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New trail sign shows the way

Fort Defiance Day planned for Oct. 6

August 22, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Friends of Fort Defiance put up a sign for the Whitetail Ridge interpretive trail at Fort Defiance State Park Tuesday.

The trail is located just east of the west parking lot and extends to just west of the old ranger's house.

It was a culmination of efforts by the group which has worked on the trail over the past few years. The sign was designed by students of Debbie Wilson, Friends secretary and graphic design professor at Iowa Lakes Community College. The kiosk itself was built by Iowa Lakes building trades students.

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Friends of Fort Defiance members erected a new sign for the Whitetail Ridge interpretive sign Tuesday. From left are Friends members Alan Morphew, Tom Ulrich, Gary Phillips, Yvonne Phillips, Cathy Ulrich, Mikayla Ulrich, Laura Young, John Varcoe, John Wittneben, Dave Seylar and Debbie Wilson.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Many volunteers have gone into the trail - too many to mention. Work included spraying and cutting weeds and laying down woodchips to help keep down vegetation.

Friends president Gary Phillips and his environmental studies students spent many hours laying out and working on the trail.

Tuesday night was also a homecoming for Friends members Tom and Cathy Ulrich and their daughter, Mikayla, who have since moved to Florida and were visiting the area.

The group also discussed plans for the second annual Fort Defiance Day which is scheduled for Oct. 6.



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